The good news is that traffic engineers in Rockford are experimenting with British-style simple rotaries in residential neighborhoods beset with speeders.
Barrels are slowing cars; it's a temporary fix for now. Over the next three months the city will decide whether to install traffic circles at South 2nd and Oak, 2nd and Grove, and Crosby and Highland.If Rockford goes with the rotaries, keep them simple. Maybe a ten-foot radius circle in the middle of the intersection. No multiple lanes, no channels, no complexity.
It's a change that could make the intersection safer for not only drivers, but also for those who live in the area.